To support the current staff in providing a comprehensive, high quality, cost-effective and efficient Quantity Surveying service encompassing all aspects ranging from feasibility studies through to negotiation of final accounts and post completion analyses.
- Inception and feasibility – liaison with clients and other consultants, advising on procurement options, preparing budget estimates, whole project cost calculations, and cash flow projections.
- Pre-contract cost control – preparing and developing preliminary cost plans, cost advice to design teams on forms of design and construction, monitoring cost implications as design develops, refining cost plans, preparing reports and updating cash flow forecasts.
- Tender and contractual documentation – advising on tendering and contractual arrangements, insurances, warranties and bonds. Preparing tenders and contract documentation and advising on the use of standard and non-standard forms of contract (including NEC and Framework Agreement solutions).
- Tender selection and appraisal – advising on the selection of suitable tenderers, checking tender submissions, advising and negotiating on errors and qualifications, and preparing reports on tenders with appropriate recommendations.
- Interim valuations – preparing recommendations for interim payments to contractors in accordance with contract requirements.
- Post-contract cost control – valuations of designers’ draft instructions and preparing financial statements at specified intervals. Advising on all elements of cost control, liquidated and ascertained damages, VAT assessments, delay/disruptions and ascertainment of loss and/or expense claims.
- Final account – preparation, negotiation and agreement of final accounts.
- Option appraisals – advice on comparative procurement solutions, preparation of estimated costs associated with option appraisal reports/Asset Management Plans, advice on sustainability issues, and preparation of Whole Life Costing reports.
- A commitment to Continued Professional Development and an awareness of general construction industry changes in Statutory Legislation would also be a requirement.
- Provide supervisory support and informal training to Quantity Surveying Trainees
- The post holder may be required to undertake any other duties appropriate to the level of the post.
- Duties and responsibilities will vary from time to time.
In order to be able to carry out the duties of this post effectively and safely, candidates will be able to provide evidence of the following.
- Corporate Member or Fellow of the RICS or currently working towards gaining their APC. Consideration will also be given to Senior Quantity Surveyors looking for a new challenge.
- Experience of cost planning, billing, CAD measurement and cost control computer applications, preferably using CATO software packages
- Good general knowledge of contractual and legislative responsibilities
- Ability to work unsupervised, or as part of a multi-disciplinary team
- Ability to provide supervisory support and training to Quantity Surveying Trainees and Quantity Surveying staff
- Sound negotiation and communication skills
- Ability to work to deadlines and sometimes under pressure
- You will be expected to travel efficiently and effectively between various work locations within Highland to meet the operational requirements of the service.
Ideally you will be able to provide evidence of the following.
- A good working knowledge of alternative approaches to traditional tendering routes, including NEC or Framework Agreement experience
- Experience of sustainability issues,
- A working knowledge of the latest Building Information Modelling software (measurement using 3D modelling) and Earthworks software
- Some project experience in the Social Housing Sector
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